COVID-19 hospitalizations still dropping in Louisiana


Staff members of the University Medical Center enjoy a moment in the sun as they gather on the top level of the parking garage to watch the Blue Angels of the U.S. Navy fly in formation to honor those on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The flyover by F-18 fighter jets traveled over the New Orleans Metro area, Slidell, the North Shore and then back over New Orleans before departing over St. Bernard Parish. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of reported hospitalizations related to the disease caused by the new coronavirus continues to drop in Louisiana, according to figures posted by the state health department Sunday.

Reported COVID-19 hospitalizations totaled d 813, down from 836 a day earlier. The state has begun easing economically devastating restrictions on business and public gatherings because of factors such as the declining percentage of new cases relative to a growing number of tests, and a steady drop in hospitalizations.

Hospitalizations peaked at more than 2,100 in early April, at a time when the state was considered a Southern hot spot for the disease.

The number of reported COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 37,169 as of Sunday, with 2,567 deaths. More than 26,000 have recovered in Louisiana.

Because of computer issues, the state said the latest testing numbers were incomplete.

Most people recover from COVID-19, but patients with other health problems and the elderly are particularly susceptible.

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